Sunday, April 3, 2016

Terrace Signs Friendship Agreement With Chinese City

Terrace Signs Friendship

Agreement With Chinese City


A "Friendly Exchange Agreement" was signed Monday, between the cities of Terrace B-C and Qinhuangdao, China, which Terrace hopes will provide an economic and cultural boost to the city.
Feng Zhiyong, the vice-mayor of Qinhuangdao, led the Chinese delegation -- which also involved Burnaby-based Taisheng International Investment Services.
Terrace Mayor Carol Leclerc says the Chinese are hoping to begin development of an alfalfa protein-extraction plant at the Skeena Industrial Development Park, south of the Northwest Regional Airport.
"Part of when we signed the Airport land agreement last year was to have so many jobs over so many hectares over a period of time.  Taisheng has hired All North to lay out the area up at the airport, and they are doing the planning, the road development this year -- 2016 -- and then the Taisheng group will find the people to come and start the manufacturing that they want to do at the airport," she said.
The Chinese delegation also visited the Kitselas First Nation, which is a joint-venture partner with Terrace in the Industrial Park.
It's estimated the protein-extraction plant will create about 170 new jobs.
"Part of doing that over here in Canada as opposed to China is that you can have the alfala get all the way to China and then it be rejected, so if it's processed here into protein form whether it's for people or for animals, then you've got a finished product here that will be shipped over there," explained Leclerc.
Leclerc says it's likely a Terrace delegation will make the trip to China either next year or in 2017.
      Feng Ziyong (Vice Mayor, Qinhuangdow China), Carol Leclerc (Mayor of Terrace) shake hands
          on Friendship Agreement, as Constable Angela Rabut of Terrace RCMP looks on.